Published in the mid-1970s by Heron S.A. of France, Seven Families of Capetiens is an educational card game about the history and genealogy of French royalty of the Capetien dynasty. The game comes with 55 playing cards, a rules card, a pamphlet on the history of the various Capetien family members, and a genealogical chart of those individuals.
The card game is in great vintage condition. The game box has two frayed corners at the top where the flap to seal the box is located (see accompanying photographs) and two minor bends along its vertical edges.
The cards are beautifully and vividly illustrated, with the titles in French but with the descriptions of the Capetiens and their castles in English. Though some card are slightly yellowed with age, they are free of tears, creases and frayed edges; this includes the rules card. The card “families” are comprised of six royalty from the different eras of French history. Twelve castle cards (depicting a single or merging historical timeframe) and a Storm the Bastille card also make up part of the card deck.
Both the history pamphlet and genealogical chart are in good condition as well, though the chart, of course, has been folded to fit compactly into the game box.
For Francophiles or those studying French history (student and adult alike), the Seven Families of Capetiens card game provides hours of entertainment and would make for an excellent gift. For those who collect vintage games and toys (European-made or not), this game is a great treasure.